Despite spending a lot of time in Phase 4 of the MCU introducing new characters, several performers have returned to play characters they previously played in other franchises. For instance, Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a role he had previously done in a number of X-Men movies that aren’t part of the franchise. Charlie Cox, who played Daredevil in the self-titled Netflix series, and Vincent D’Onofrio, who played Kingpin, are two more actors that share Stewart’s predicament.
In the Disney series Hawkeye, D’Onofrio made his debut appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He played the cunning adversary behind closed doors and didn’t actually appear on screen until the final two episodes. Fans assumed it was only a matter of time before there was some sort of project focused on the two arch-rivals after Hawkeye had verified that Wilson Fisk was now a part of the MCU and Spider-Man: No Way Home doing the same for Daredevil.
Marvel Studios recently announced at San Diego Comic-Con that the two would be co-headlining a future series together on Disney, and D’Onofrio made sure to offer fans a little taste of his character’s impending debut on social media. This project was finally confirmed at that time.
DAREDEVIL IMPACTS VINCENT D’ONOFRIO: BORN AGAIN
A series named Daredevil: Born Again would be coming to Disney in Spring 2024, it was officially confirmed during the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening. Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox were both confirmed to be returning as Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, respectively. In response to the announcement, D’Onofrio used one of his most well-known quotes from the Netflix Daredevil series on Twitter :
I remember being a boy.
The actor tweeted the exact same phrase when Kingpin was formally confirmed as the major antagonist in Hawkeye, so it appears that he enjoys using that particular statement to tease fans that he will be making his presence felt.
To promote the impending Daredevil remake, D’Onofrio posted a follow-up tweet in which he simply referred to the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen:
Yes, Mr. Murdock
FISK v. MURDOCK: THE MCU REMATCH Wilson Fisk is a character that Vincent D’Onofrio enjoys playing, as he has repeatedly stated. Even after Daredevil on Netflix was canceled, he has publicly stated that he wants to carry on playing the role. Since Marvel Studios now owns the rights to characters like Fisk and Matt Murdock, it is possible for them to do whatever they want with them in the future. It appears that they already have some very ambitious plans.
The fact that Season 1 of Daredevil: Born Again will consist of 18 episodes is arguably the most significant aspect of the announcement. As most of the projects that have been aired on Disney thus far have only been 6 episodes, this represents a significant improvement over the formula the MCU has been employing up to this point. Born Again will have 18 episodes, which is already equivalent to three seasons of other MCU shows available on the streaming service. It is unclear if Born Again will have numerous seasons or if it will only be a limited series like WandaVision.
The Disney Channel will debut Daredevil: Born Again in the spring of 2024. Additionally, it is claimed that D’Onofrio and Cox would work together again in the summer 2023 streaming film Echo.